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I had to do the math — not once, but TWICE. Has it really been seven years since I discovered the amazing-ness that is the Aquis Hair Towel?

Holy yikes!

The one I got back in 2009 as a gift from my friend Jen is still going strong (I just used it last night, as a matter of fact), and to this day, I use it all the time.

I’m so devoted that it comes with me on trips, and if I forget to bring it, I freak-the-eff-out. It’s not just a hair towel… It’s a way of life!

Anyway, I’m excited because now my favorite hair towel is available at Sephora.

It used to be that I could only find them at Bed Bath & Beyond, but now when you roll up to replenish your favorite blush or grab a new liner, you can also drop one of these Aquis towels into your little basket and thus change your life. Ploop!

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Once I started using it, I couldn’t go back. It’s a supernaturally absorbent hair towel made with a special microfiber fabric that sucks the living crap out of every water molecule in wet hair.

I have long hair, and at its longest, it takes — I’m not kidding — about three hours to dry if I let it air dry after using a regular cotton bath towel. But when I use the Aquis, it takes half as time. Plus, my hair looks less frizzy and even breaks less! The fabric is much smoother than a regular bath towel and doesn’t tug on or rough up my hair cuticles as much.

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Sephora currently carries two versions of the towel — the Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban ($30) and the Aquis Waffle Luxe Hair Turban ($40) — both of which are more expensive than the $18 towel I got a while back, but I think that’s because they have a turban-style design with a button closure to make them easier to wrap around your hair. Plus, they come in cute patterns (my basic white rectangular Aquis is bare bones by comparison).

These Sephora ones feel more luxurious to me, and I think they work just as well as the original.

Best dang hair towel ever.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Happy hump day. 🙂


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Three Wallet-Friendly Products From Umberto Beverly Hills That Protect, Tame and Add Glorious Shine! http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/umberto-beverly-hills-shimmer-shine-spray-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/umberto-beverly-hills-shimmer-shine-spray-review/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:27:46 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201273 NYC summer is in full swing, and it is HOT. When it’s breazy, it’s bearable, but when it’s not…it’s awful, y’all. I have to wash my hair every day, which is not how I normally like to roll. When it’s hot like this, my best buddy is dry shampoo, but I’ve also been on the […]


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Umberto Beverly Hills Controller Conditioning Spray ($9.99), Shimmer Shine Spray ($9.99) and Regular Hairspray ($9.99)

NYC summer is in full swing, and it is HOT.

When it’s breazy, it’s bearable, but when it’s not…it’s awful, y’all. I have to wash my hair every day, which is not how I normally like to roll.

When it’s hot like this, my best buddy is dry shampoo, but I’ve also been on the lookout lately for something to add extra texture and shine.

So, as a self-proclaimed greaseball, whenever I’m contemplating a new hair (or skin) product that’s supposed to add shine, I tread very carefully (some shine is good, but some shine is not).

I had such a good experience with Umberto Beverly Hills Lifting Powder recently that I decided to give some of their other products a try, including their $10 Shimmer Shine Spray, Controller Conditioning Spray and Regular Hairspray.

Umberto Savone is a popular stylist and salon owner over in Beverly Hills, and his line of products is exclusive to his salons and Target.

I’ve been trying to find a leave-in conditioner/detangler that doesn’t weigh down my hair for YEARS, and the Controller Conditioning Spray is perfect. It’s my favorite one of these three, and it also does heat protection! Yay!

Surprisingly, I also really like the Shimmer Shine Spray. Because of my oily skin and hair, I’ve never used a spray specifically made for shine before. I was a little nervous to give it a try, but it actually works! It adds QUITE a bit of shine (but not shimmer), and the greasiness depends on how much I use. If I go overboard, it does grease up my roots a bit.

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My hair is taking a “shine” to Umberto Beverly Hills Shimmer Shine Spray (haha)

The third thing I’ve tried, the Regular Hairspray, I’m not super impressed with. The hold is flexible and very loose, so it tames my flyaways, but it probably isn’t going to keep your curls from falling if you have very thin hair like I do. You’ll probably need something stronger.

For everyday flexible hold, though, it’ll get the job done, and the formula won’t leave your hair crunchy.

I still have to try the Umberto Dry Shampoo. I hope it’s good!

Have you tried anything from Umberto Beverly Hills? What’s your favorite hair care line at Target?


Marcella Yakalis


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5 Fab Products for Curly, Kinky Hair http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/best-products-curly-kinky-hair/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/best-products-curly-kinky-hair/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 01:35:11 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=201106 Warning: getimagesize(): http:// wrapper is disabled in the server configuration by allow_url_fopen=0 in /home/makeupan/public_html/wp-content/plugins/send-images-rss/includes/class-sendimagesrss-feed-fixer.php on line 234

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When it comes to haircare, I have NO LOYALTY.  I will switch things up in a minute because I usually don’t feel like there’s anything that’s all that unique.  But, despite my persistent product junkie-ism, I find myself always coming back to these five products. 1. Oribe Shampoo For Moisture and Control ($45) Ok…so this is really […]


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My haircare must-haves

When it comes to haircare, I have NO LOYALTY.  I will switch things up in a minute because I usually don’t feel like there’s anything that’s all that unique.  But, despite my persistent product junkie-ism, I find myself always coming back to these five products.

1. Oribe Shampoo For Moisture and Control ($45)

Ok…so this is really expensive ($45!). It’s probably the most expensive hair product I’ve ever used. I tend to go for cheaper hair shampoos and conditioners because of how thick my hair is, and because I go through products super quickly.

Despite wanting to hate this product and my hope that I’d never want to re-purchase it, I have to admit that it’s the ONLY shampoo I’ve ever tried that actually feels moisturizing.

Ironically, as a rule, I mostly only buy “moisturizing” shampoos, but they all leave my hair feeling the same as it ever was. But this shampoo, my goodness, is incredibly moisturizing. It also lathers up into nice, big, refreshing suds. If you’re looking for a haircare splurge, this is it. By the way, the conditioner is great too.

2. Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner ($9)

I’ve tried so many different leave-in conditioners, but I’ve NEVER found one quite like this one. The formula has the perfect consistency (not too thick or thin), it’s an affordable $9, and it just works. I am 100% committed (I actually buy it in bulk on Amazon).

I slather it on my hair when it’s soaking wet in the shower, then comb it through with a wide-tooth comb. It coats and provides lasting moisture, but it doesn’t leave behind a thick residue. Whether I’m going to slick my hair into a bun or add some gel for a wash & go, this is always the first thing on my hair after I wash it.

3. Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Wrap Set Mousse ($6.89)

This little miracle product is the secret to all of my twist-out styles! Here are some pics of the hair styles I do with it:

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Thanks to ORS Olive Oil Mousse! (Details on this look in this post)

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Another look achieved with the help of ORS Olive Oil Mousse (Details on this all-pink makeup look in this post)

Basically, whenever I have smooth, tight curls, I most likely used ORS Olive Oil Mousse on damp hair to achieve it. I’ll usually do flat twists (I think this is a great tutorial) with perm rods on the ends.

4. Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker Gel ($21.18)

I love this Curl Maker Gel because it defines my curls without any hardness or crunchiness. My hair just feels incredibly soft when I use it and actually lasts two or three days before I have to start all over again.

And here are some pics of wash & go styles I’ve done with it:

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Wash & go with Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker Gel! (Details on this NARS Summer Collection look in this post)

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Another one using Camille Rose Gel (Details on my makeup (and the blushes!) in this post here)

5. Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme ($32)

Miss Jessie’s was one of the first lines I discovered for styling my natural hair, and I’ve been using Baby Buttercreme since college. Even though there are dozens of similar lines around now, this one has a special place in my heart.  

The Baby Buttercreme is pretty pricey ($32), but the 8-oz. jar lasts me months because I probably only use one or two tablespoons to style my whole head.  Also, Target has BOGO sales on it fairly often, which is when I usually try to stock up.  

This is what I use on dry hair for my looser, wavy styles like this:

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Using Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme on dry hair for these loose waves (Info on this glowy makeup look in this post)

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Another look at Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercream in action (Here’s a closer look at this winged liner makeup look in this post)

Although I really, REALLY love these five hair products, I’m always looking to try something new, so if you’ve discovered anything amazing, do tell!


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With John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse and Forever Full Hairspray, a Blowout at Home Is Easy and Affordable! http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/john-frieda-luxurious-volume-hairspray/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/john-frieda-luxurious-volume-hairspray/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:00:27 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=200401 If you live in the NYC area or, well, any area that has a few hair salons, you’re probably familiar with the concept of a blowout. Blowout salons are VERY popular around these parts, and for good reason. Your hair looks fabulous afterward! — and the style lasts for days. But blowouts get expensive after […]


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These products may make you feel blazin’ hot, but don’t handle them near an open flame! The John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse ($6.99, left) and Forever Full Hairspray ($6.99, right)

If you live in the NYC area or, well, any area that has a few hair salons, you’re probably familiar with the concept of a blowout. Blowout salons are VERY popular around these parts, and for good reason. Your hair looks fabulous afterward! — and the style lasts for days.

But blowouts get expensive after a while, which is why I only get them when I get my hair cut/colored.

What’s a thin-haired girl to do?

When I wash my hair, I don’t blow dry it often because of its texture, but sometimes I still crave a finished, full hair look.

When I do improv and give myself a “blowout” at home, here are the products I use to help get my baby fine hair looking voluminous and shiny.

Here’s my hair right after a wash…

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Fresh out of the shower, my thin hair is already almost dry.

Now, I don’t do my home blowouts like many people do because I don’t use a round brush. Because round brushes cause more knots in my hair (yes, it’s that cranky). Instead I use a comb and my hands.

Lately I’ve been washing my hair with Loreal Everpure Volume Shampoo. It’s color-safe and has lovely notes of rosemary and juniper, and I don’t find it to be stripping at all.

Next is the actual drying, and I always make sure to spray a heat protectant in my hair before I start, as well as a little bit of Dove Serum in Oil.

Flipping my head upside-down, I dry my hair until it’s about 80% dry, then turn to part one of this duo…

I wasn’t impressed by earlier iterations of this line, but these I like. Mousse is always SUPER tricky for me, it either weighs my hair down to the point that I need to wash my hair again the next day, or it makes my haircrunchy, but the Perfectly Full and Forever Full formulas from the Luxurious Volume line have been doing a great job for me lately.

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I tried very hard to get this in the shape of a meringue, which is what mousse always reminds me of…

As far as fragrance goes, well…it smells like mousse. Less like hairspray (not as heavy on the chemicals), and more like a light mix of clean and floral.

The product itself feels very light and almost a little too watery, so be careful because it might just melt in your hands.

After scrunching a bit into my hair, especially at the crown of my head, I finish by blowdrying on low with the diffuser attachment, and to avoid knots, I continuously comb/finger-comb my hair while I’m drying.

I’ve been OBSESSED with this comb right here, and I was devastated when mine broke a few days ago. Even more tragically, my Target hasn’t been stocking it anymore. 🙁 Thank goodness for Amazon!

And here’s what my hair looks like when I’m done…

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A decent bit of volume for a thin-haired gal!

Please forgive my awful under-eye bags. This was pre base makeup.

Sweeping my hair to one side usually gives me much more volume.

After my hair is dry, I’ll hit it with a light spray of Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray to lock in some extra oomph.

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Not as voluminous up top, but so, so soft!

Even after a few minutes, I already start to lose a little volume up top, but it’s nothing that a light flipping of my hair can’t solve. Since I don’t use a round brush for the sake of my hair, I don’t expect it to last all day long.

What I really love about both of these products is how soft they make my hair, and how the softness lasts for a couple of days after using them. Even after I’ve touched up and sprayed it on my hair repeatedly, my hair always feels touch-ably soft.

The John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse and Forever Full Hairspray are both great drugstore buys at about $6.99 each if you’re looking for good, solid products to add volume without breaking the bank.

Have you ever given yourself a blowout at home? What are some of your favorite volume-boosting products? And does anyone else out there have a hard time using a round brush on fine hair?


Marcella Yakalis


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Revisiting Old Friends With Herbal Essences Naked Clean and Refresh Shampoo and Conditioner http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/herbal-essences-naked-clean-and-refresh-shampoo-conditioner-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/hair/herbal-essences-naked-clean-and-refresh-shampoo-conditioner-review/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 02:00:28 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=199915 As I sit writing this, I’m riding the Amtrak 69 train from NYC toward my hometown of Moriah, New York. I haven’t been home in a while, and it’s my grandmother’s birthday this weekend, so a lot of my cousins who I haven’t seen in a long while are going to be in town. Making […]


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Herbal Essences Naked Clean and Refresh Shampoo and Conditioner

Herbal Essences Naked Clean and Refresh Shampoo and Conditioner ($4.99)

As I sit writing this, I’m riding the Amtrak 69 train from NYC toward my hometown of Moriah, New York. I haven’t been home in a while, and it’s my grandmother’s birthday this weekend, so a lot of my cousins who I haven’t seen in a long while are going to be in town.

Making the trip by myself can be tiresome, but the scenery is nice. The Adirondack train runs daily from New York City to Montreal (and vice versa), so it’s a convenient, albeit long, trip (about as long as driving would take with stops to rest).

This week, in the spirit of visiting old friends and family, I also decided to revisit a shampoo I’ve tried before, but not since they updated the packaging and, I assume, reformulated it.

Now it’s called Herbal Essences Naked Clean and Refresh Shampoo ($4.99), but I think it used to be called Herbal Essences Naked Volume when it first came out. I remember being less than thrilled about the original version.

When I tried it back then, I was looking for something affordable that would cleanse my hair well and didn’t contain parabens and all that. The Herbal Essences Naked line was an affordable option.

While the Naked Clean and Refresh line (there’s also a $4.99 conditioner) isn’t marketed as “cleansing,” the combo gets the job done.

My hair is ultra-thin and fine, so experimenting with new shampoos and conditioners is always perilous. I don’t wash my hair often (maybe twice a week), but when I do, I typically alternate between a cleansing shampoo (for when my hair is super greasy or full of dry shampoo) and Clairol Shimmer Lights Conditioning Shampoo, because I’m not about that brassy life. And some days I’ll use a combination of both.

The (new?) formula

Herbal Essences Naked Clean and Refresh Shampoo and Conditioner

Herbal Essences Naked Clean and Refresh Shampoo definitely doesn’t lack in lather potential. If you’re a dime-sized amount user (short hair), you should get a good lather, but it shouldn’t be too much. I use about a quarter-sized amount for my hair and get a lot of nice suds.

The conditioner’s slightly thinner formula doesn’t do much for me… I usually only use conditioner on the length and ends of my hair, and this one doesn’t do much for my hair in terms of making my ends any softer or plumping them up.

The fragrance

Herbal Essences Naked Clean and Refresh Shampoo and Conditioner

Both of these are supposed to have a white strawberry and mint scent, but I’d say it’s closer to pure strawberry — almost too close, for me. I’d love to see Herbal Essences release something minty-er in the line, or add even more scents in general.

An alternative that I sometimes use for stronger notes of mint is Loreal Everpure Volume Shampoo, which also has hints of Rosemary and Juniper.

When I was using Herbal Essences more often it was years ago (more than 10!), so when I try their products now it’s a little like revisting an old friend. Clairol, who owns H.E., was acquired by Proctor and Gamble some years ago, and they made a lot of changes. They redesigned and renamed almost everything and spruced up the packaging.

Overall, Herbal Essences Naked Clean and Refresh Shampoo and Conditioner doesn’t super impress me, but I will give it another try one of these days. I don’t think the shampoo is the world’s greatest cleanser, but it mostly gets the job done. I do feel like I need to use a dry shampoo the next day to boost my volume.

Are you a fan of Herbal Essences? Have you tried the Naked Clean and Refresh line?


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